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Exotic Resort Zoo

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235 Zoo Trl, Johnson City, TX 78636-4465
+1 830-868-4357
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Magical

Visiting the Exotic Resort Zoo was the highlight of our hill country vacation. The staff was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
elephantastic7
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Texas
Fun afternoon

Well run with nice folks. Great for kids and adults. Camels and Bisons were the best. Military and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jon H
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An independently-owned and operated drive-thru safari zoo and nature preserve. If you are coming through on a daytrip, you can enjoy a guided tour and have personal encounters with several endangered and protected species of animals from Africa, Asia and even Australia. If you want to enjoy an extended outing with family and friends, there are also (5) onsite Safari Cabins located in a private area on the resort that you can rent out (and get a free tour included for paid cabin guests!). When you book your stay, you will also have access to several recreational areas, such as several small pools (one 12" wading pool for kids and another larger 4" deep pool with a waterfall), an outdoor kitchen with multiple wood-fired or gas grills, and pool table in the outdoor pavilion. There is also a hot tub for ages 16 & up. There is also private access to several bonus petting zoos for closer interaction, a stocked catch-and-release watering pond, and an outdoor playscape for the kids...right next to a firepit where you can cook up some hotdogs or make some 'smores! Overall, our commitment at the Exotic Resort Zoo is to maintain a healthy and nurturing environment to help our animals enjoy their lives, as they grow their herds. They enjoy being hand fed by all of you on daily guided tours and we hope you will enjoy their company as well. You are absolutely guaranteed to have a unique and personal hands-on experience when you visit us with all your family and friends!
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  • Very good27%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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235 Zoo Trl, Johnson City, TX 78636-4465
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+1 830-868-4357
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"lots of fun"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visiting the Exotic Resort Zoo was the highlight of our hill country vacation. The staff was friendly, it wasn't too crowded (went on a weekday), the animals seemed healthy and the best part is we got to bring our dog! She checked out goats and...More

2  Thank elephantastic7
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well run with nice folks. Great for kids and adults. Camels and Bisons were the best. Military and senior discounts. Knowledgeable guides. Definitely buy a bucket or two of feed.

Thank Jon H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a simple and as safe as you can be with animals area to feed goats and a few other animals at your own pace. Then they have the trailers for about 15 to ride on and feed animals in pastures. You must of...More

Thank Kenneth T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo is a hidden gem and I strongly suggest you make this a part of your vacation when in Johnson City, TX. You will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed March 19, 2018

This zoo is wonderful. Driven on a large cart with food to feed the animals. Wonderful guide to tell of the Resort and the animals they keep. Had a great time and the grounds are wonderful. Want to stay in one of their cabins next...More

1  Thank CAHI57
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

We have visited a few drive thru, exotic zoos in Texas and by far the Exotic Resort Zoo is our favorite. We met the owners last summer at a local waterpark. They were very humble about their family business and invited us for a visit....More

Thank Diedre C
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

Had driven by this attraction a number of times during our stay in the Hill Country. We were glad we finally stopped in and took the tour. Our driver & tour leader, Donna, did a great job of providing lots of info on all their...More

Thank davenak3
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Take the kids and adults. Visit the petting zoo and buy kibbles to feed the babies. Nice 45 minute trip through the park to see the animals.

Thank Cheryl P
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Reviewed January 17, 2018

This was amazing! Petting zoos were ok but the trailer ride through the pasture land was amazing. Getting to see/pet/feed all these different kinds of animals was great for all ages! The camels were definitely the best part. Would go again in a heart beat...More

Thank shanee136
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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

I’ve been to other exotic animal places, but in my opinion, this is the best. You get up close and personal with the animals. You get a HUGE bucket of food for only $6. And the best part is, you can spend the night here!...More

Thank Keri W
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Stephen D
April 26, 2017|
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Response from ghallett | Property representative |
There's no time like the present! The weather has actually been really awesome and not too hot at all. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, I'd try to get on a tour around 10am, since it's early and normally has... More
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cassieking85
February 3, 2017|
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Response from ghallett | Property representative |
Hi there - weather-wise, it's actually been great to visit pretty much all winter since the weather has been pretty mild overall. It is a covered open-air tram, so 60-80 degree days are pretty enjoyable...we've seen some... More
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califfroggy
January 28, 2017|
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Response from fabler241527 |
Hi there - the rates typically range between $130-200/night, which includes a free guided tour for paid cabin guests. I can't include the link in comments unfortunately (won't let me), but you can access this link from our... More
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